What Low Carb Diets Can Do To Your Gut Health

What Low Carb Diets Can Do To Your Gut Health

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Dr. Eric Bakker here. Thanks for coming back. We’ve got quite a few topics to cover today and it’s springtime, so I’m a happy chappy. Thanks for returning back to this channel. Now, let’s talk about different types of diets. We’ve got a few different videos on low carb diets today, but the question is what low carb diets do to your gut health, or how does your gut health get effected when you eat a low carbohydrate kind of diet. There’s a huge shift in many countries around the world, particularly in America, in Europe, towards going keto and towards eating more animal-based proteins, more fat, less carbohydrates in general. And we’re talking nearly all grains have been chopped out of many people’s diets now. Not just wheat, but we’re talking most grains people are cutting out now. I’m noticing this alarming trend with many patients, particularly from the states, that are going head on into keto where they’re consuming more meat, more fat, more processed meats, more butter.

For example, people are eating butter, coconut oil, things like that. But large amounts of meat and eggs and chicken and fish. So of course they are losing weight, but is it sustainable? Is it healthy? What’s going to happen to the gut long term when you eat these kinds of foods? Well, all the research that I’ve been looking at points out to the fact that it certainly affects your colon. Your gut bacteria get very much effected by these kind of diets. You can in some cases even starve your colon by reducing the population of short chain fatty acids. Now these are byproducts of bacterial fermentation.

So many carbohydrates, for example, will escape complete digestion, including proteins and fats. They’ll actually bypass the small bowel, get into the colon. Now you need good levels of bacteria there, and a lot of really good microbial balance to help to break up food.

So this is a sad fact. Many people, they’re going to lose weight, but they get [inaudible] major gut problem because you’re going to get a big imbalance in the colon. More gas, more bloating, and I’ve seen this with several people. So what’s the solution if you had to choose between two types of low carb diets? Well, as some doctors say online “healthy keto,” but my concern with healthy keto is people are still going to overload with far too much meat. All right?

It’s ridiculous. I’m not a vegan, and I’m not again saying you should not eat meat. I think meat forms an important part of the diet, but I think it forms a very small part of the diet. Okay? Not a big part of the diet, a small part. This is going to happen by default in years to come anyway.

What’s the solution? More plants in your diet. Definitely grains or something you don’t want to chop out 100% from your diet. When I look at the comments on my YouTube channel, I find some of them quite ridiculous, where some people actually believe that you need to cut every single grain out of the diet and eat nothing but meat, eggs, chicken and fish, and some green vegetables sparingly. Some people actually believe that’s the correct way to live, but I can tell you now, it’s not the correct way to live. It’s not balanced.

The Japanese never took rice out their diet. The Italians and Greeks never took pasta out of their diet. Did they all die of heart disease at a young age? No, the opposite! They live long lifespans. They were skinny people, they weren’t fat people. They were balanced. They had balanced lifestyles, where they worked hard and they didn’t just go to takeaway two or three times a week. These people made their own food, but they did have a diet that was based in high antioxidant-rich foods. They did eat meat but sparingly, and had a large amount of plants, and that’s in seeds and grains in the diet.

You don’t need meat to get protein, okay? Many sources, so it’s not a great idea to plunge head on into a high protein diet, and forgetting the fact that you’ve got bacteria down there that need feeding as well. Don’t forget the carbs. They are an important part of your diet. Let’s read down a few of my favorites. Quinoa, millet, oats, buckwheat, bananas, sweet potatoes, beetroots, blueberries, grapefruits. I love grapefruits, apples and chickpeas. Those are some key foods that many people take out, and the other one I should add to that list would be rice, especially brown rice. Many people take that out now thinking they’re going to get fat from brown rice, so nothing could be further from the truth. Right? There you have it. Don’t forget to click on the link if you want my free report. Thanks for tuning in.

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